While it’s still important to use care when attending in-person events, most Bradenton residents and visitors are excited to get out of the house and start doing things again! From virtual events to shopping, fitness, live music, and a splash of wine, there’s something for everyone happening this month.
Take a look at our round-up of 25 Cool Things to do in Bradenton this October.
1. Free Virtual Wellness Series
October 1st, 15th, 29th, and November 12th
Online Event Hosted by The Women’s Resource Center
Are you ready to rest your mind, body, and soul? Take time to focus on you! Join The Women’s Resource Center of Manatee for their new Virtual Wellness Series with Mary Onne Bode. This four-part, FREE online series includes the following sessions:
October 1st: Self-Care For Stress Relief
October 15th: Breath Meditation
October 29th: Health, Hearth, and Harmony
November 12th: Chi Flow
CLICK HERE to learn more or call (941)256-9721 to register.
2. HOPE in Motion
DEADLINE to Register is September 30th! Event Oct 1st – Oct. 31st
Online Event Hosted by Hope Family Services
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Inaugural HOPE in Motion Challenge will begin on October 1st and run through the entire month of October. You can participate in this virtual event from anywhere, individually, or as part of a team. All you have to do is move — whether by walking, running, jogging, biking, doing yoga, or even just strolling with your dog.
Each step taken helps to raise awareness while supporting the goal of bringing services to those who need it the most. DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS SEPTEMBER 30TH. Learn more here!
3. First Fridays at Gypsea Soul
Friday, October 2nd and the First Friday of Each Month through April
Gypsea Soul: 615 15th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Beginning in October, on the first Friday of each month, Gypsea Soul will remain open until 8 pm. There will be cocktails downstairs and two creative workshops upstairs.
Follow Gypsea Soul on Facebook for more information about the scheduled workshops, promotions, and other exciting news!
4. October Artwalk
Friday, October 2nd from 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday, October 3rd from 11 am to 4 pm
Village of the Arts: 12th Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Discover unique galleries, studios, specialty shops, healing arts, food, and music during this popular monthly event. You never know what you’ll find here!
There’s a good chance you may come across opening receptions for new shows, special guests throughout the Village, and live music, live art, and more!
5. Wine Down Yoga
Friday, October 2nd 6:30 to 7:30 (Repeats First Friday Through April)
A Little Twisted Yoga: 927 10th St. E. Palmetto, FL 34221
Sip, twist, balance, and flow through an all-levels class with your favorite wine in hand. You bring the wine, A Little Twisted Yoga hosts the class. Come ready for a fun, new way to enjoy yoga!
This in-studio BYOB Class is $15 or included in Studio Membership. Virtual Class is $7 or included in your membership.
6. Outdoor Marketplace
Friday, October 2nd from 6 pm until 10 pm
Adobe Graffiti Lounge: 1302 13th Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
Enjoy a dozen Art Vendors at Adobe Graffiti Lounge Kava Bar, in Bradenton’s Village Of The Arts! You’ll find paintings, jewelry, pottery, graffiti, yummy snacks (including infused baked goods! ), essential oil products, herbal products, tarot card reading, etc!
Plus, of course, yummy healthy drinks from Adobe, such as Nitro coffee, kombucha, kefir, kava, and kratom to make you feel better in so many ways!
7. Fall Plants and More Sale
Saturday, October 3rd from 8 am until 3 pm
Palma Sola Botanical Park: 9800 17th Ave. NW, Bradenton, FL 34209.
Palma Sola Botanical Park’s Fall Plants & More Sale will feature native and exotic plant vendors, as well as artisans in wood, pottery, textiles, and jewelry. There will be music and tasty food (barbecue and sweet treats)!
Spend a lovely day in the park wandering among the vendors and greeting old and new friends. Social distancing and face masks are encouraged.
8. The Bradenton Farmer’s Market
Opening Day: Oct 3rd, 9 am to 2 pm (And Every Saturday Through May)
Old Main St. Downtown Bradenton
We couldn’t be more excited for the return of the Bradenton Farmer’s Market! This year’s market will feature locally-grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, fresh seafood, and prepared foods as well as the work of local artists and craftspeople.
There will be plenty of room to safely social distance, so come on out and #shoplocal! Learn more here!
9. Saturday Evening Zipline Event
Saturday, October 3rd from 7:30 pm to 9 pm
TreeUmph Adventure Course: 21805 E State Rd 70, Bradenton, FL 34202
10. Fall Festival at Scavengers Marketplace
Saturday, October 3rd from 9 am to 2 pm
Scavengers Marketplace: 2100 US-301, Palmetto, FL 34221
Head over to Scavenger’s Marketplace for their fun Fall Festival. They’ll have pop-up tents set up in the parking lot and you’ll enjoy fall savings both inside and outside the store.
You can expect deep discounts, as they need to make room for the upcoming holidays. The Renegade Burgers food truck will also be on-site from 11 am until 2 pm.
11. Florida Highwaymen Landscape Painting Workshop
Saturday, October 3rd from 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Palmetto Art Center: 907 5th Street West Palmetto, 34221
Come and view the Palmetto Art Center’s significant collection of nostalgic Florida Highwaymen Landscape paintings and create one of your own! Select from a menu of Florida nature motifs and interpret the Highwaymen style your way.
Wendy Marble will guide you on your painting journey, teaching techniques she learned by observing Florida Highwayman Al Black. Learn more here!
12. Kid’s Ninja at LIVE Training Center
Friday, October 2nd at 7:15 pm & Saturday, October 3rd at 12 pm (repeats weekly)
LIVE Training Center: 1731 12th St E, Palmetto, FL 34221
Are you ready to get your kids off the couch? Check out this structured, 1-hour class focusing on keeping kids healthy using REAL American Ninja Warrior Obstacles. LIVE Training Center’s expert coaches teach mechanics and efficient techniques that help kids improve physically while building confidence and having fun!
If you have a son or daughter that is new to LIVE Training Center OR new to obstacle training – this is a GREAT class for them! The cost is $15 and this is appropriate for kids ages 6 and older. You can REGISTER HERE.
13. Wine Wednesday at Riverhouse
Wednesday, October 7th (And Every Wednesday) from 3 pm to 9 pm
Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant: 995 Riverside Dr, Palmetto, FL 34221
Need a mid-week break? Head over to the Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant to enjoy a gorgeous view and a bottle of wine.
After 3 pm they’re pouring house bottles of wine for just $9! Their house selection features chardonnay, pinot grigio, white zinfandel, cabernet, and merlot. We think you deserve to treat yourself!
14. Oktoberfest at Edelweiss
October 7th through 11th from 4 pm to 8 pm W-F and 12-8 Sat & Sun
Restaurant Edelweiss: 611 Manatee Ave. E. Bradenton, FL 34208
The official Oktoberfest in Munich might be canceled, but you can still enjoy a bit of German heritage right here in Bradenton! Head over to Restaurant Edelweiss where you can eat, drink, schunkel, and chicken dance (6ft apart, of course). The event will be outside in the beer tent with plenty of social distancing.
Although there won’t be a designated dance floor, they’ll have live entertainment on stage, contests, giveaways, traditional Oktoberfest food, and, of course, Oktoberfest BEER!
15. German Music Party at Lucky Frog
Saturday, October 10th from 4:30 to 8:30 pm
Lucky Frog Restaurant: 4625 Cortez Rd. W. Bradenton, FL 34210
Make sure you come by Lucky Frog Restaurant for their German Music party featuring Live German Music with Petra & Teresa. You’re sure to have fun while enjoying delicious authentic German Food and Beer.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, seating will be limited to groups of 6 or fewer and reservations are highly recommended. They’ll be at 50% capacity but are doing two seatings, one at 4:30 pm and one at 6:30 pm. Call 941-795-2132 to reserve your spot!
16. REinspired Boutique Courtyard Market
Saturday, October 10th from 10 am until 2:30 pm
REinspired Boutique: 2801 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
REinspired Boutique’s Courtyard Market returns this month and you definitely won’t want to miss it!
Some of the vendors you might see there include: Angel Oak Cafe, Atticus Bread, Barrel Aged Creations Maple Syrup, Bite Me Cookies, Colonial Shrubs, Myakka’s Gold Apiary, Your CBD Store, Driftheory, The Sand Witch Shoppe & Bakery — Plus a surprise visit from a local food truck.
17. Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival
October 10 – 11, 17 – 18, and 24 – 25 from 9 am to 5 pm
Hunsader Farms: 5500 C.R. 675 Bradenton, Fl 34211
The annual Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival is a major tradition in Bradenton, and this year is their 29th anniversary.
Some of the fun things you’ll find there include: Craft Show • Live Music • Live Shows • Hayrides • Pony Rides • Chainsaw Sculptor • Corn Maze $2 • Scarecrow Displays • Rock Climbing Wall • Power Jump • Petting Zoo • Barnyard Playground • Tricky Dogs Show • Zip Line — and more! CLICK HERE for all the details.
18. Celtic Conundrum at 3 Keys
Saturday, Oct 10th from 7 pm until 10 pm
3 Keys Brewing and Eatery: 2505 Manatee Ave. E. Bradenton, FL 34208
Don’t miss Celtic Conundrum‘s performance at 3 Keys Brewing and Eatery! More than Celtic, their music is full of infectious energy and exceptional vocals influenced by rock, folk, and the world!
Mix in the awesome food and beer at 3 Keys and you’ve got the perfect combination! The dining room, patio, and beer garden are all open. They’re currently seating at 50% capacity indoors and full capacity in their outdoor seating areas with proper social distancing guidelines being followed.
The tap list and menu are continually changing, so every time you visit, it’s a new adventure!
19. Sunday Morning Yoga at “The Nest”
Sunday, October 11th from 10:30 to 11:45 am
“The Nest” at Robinson Preserve: 840 99th St. NW Bradenton, FL 34209
Start your Sunday with a refreshing YOGA class amidst the tree-tops inside the stunning NEST “tree-house”of Robinson Preserve. There’s nothing quite like this class & location for YOGA!
This is an all-levels class, so come as you are. Please bring your own mat and water.
Classes are limited to 8 participants to allow for social distancing. Walk-ins welcome based on availability. The cost of class is $10. Tickets must be purchased online HERE.
Want more information? Click here for details!
20. Goblin Gathering
Friday, October 16th from 6 pm to 9 pm
GT Bray Park: 5502 33rd Ave Dr W, Bradenton, FL 34209
Manatee County Parks is celebrating its 18th Annual Goblin Gathering at G.T. Bray Park.
This year’s Goblin Gathering will be a drive-through only event. Please enter at 51st Street and exit at 59th Street. Drive-through participation and trick-or-treating are both free. Several local businesses will be participating by passing out “treats & sweets” to participants, providing a safe alternative for children to trick-or-treat.
21. Carport Succulent Sale
Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th from 8 am to 1 pm
ArtbyCMac: 7506 17th Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34209
If you’re a plant lover, you’ll definitely want to head over to the ArtbyCMac Carport Succulent Sale. She’ll have have hundreds of succulent arrangements and original artwork and prints for sale.
You can see her succulent gallery and watercolor, acrylic, and silk painting at www.artbycmac.com. You’ll love her affordable prices and friendly service!
22. Ship of Fools and Friends Acoustic Trio at Mattison’s Riverwalk
Saturday, October 17th from 7 pm until 10 pm
Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille: 101 Riverfront Blvd Ste 120, Bradenton, FL 34205
This is another great opportunity to enjoy live music in a safe outdoor setting. Nate Howell and Turner Moore will be joined by Brian O’Connell for two sets of acoustic music including Grateful Dead, Beatles, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, and others.
You’ll love enjoying some cocktails and a chef-prepared meal out on Mattison’s open-air, outside patio. Reservations are always suggested. Call 941-896-9660 to reserve your table.
23. Good’toberfest at Good Liquid Brewing Company
Saturday, October 17th from 2 pm to 8 pm
Good Liquid Brewing Company: 4824 14th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207
Don’t miss out on Good Liquid Brewing Company’s version of Oktoberfest! Not only will they have amazing food from The Schnitzel Trailer and live entertainment by Petra and Teresa, but there are also awesome beer specials!
They’re releasing their German Chocolate Cake Stout and will have German beers on tap. They’ll also have 1-liter “Das Boots” available for purchase for just $15 for the first fill and then $10 refills on select German brews.
NOTE – Good Liquid is still operating at 50% capacity indoors – Masks are required! Once they meet capacity, guests will have the option to sit out in their beer garden.
24. Beer Stein/ Wine Glass Painting
Sunday, October 18th from 3 pm to 5 pm
3 Car Garage Brewing Company: 8405 Heritage Green Way, Bradenton,
Embrace your inner artist and head over to 3 Car Garage Brewing Company to paint your own beer stein, stemmed beer glass, wine glass, or coffee cup. Choose one of their stencils featuring pop culture faves, sunsets, scenery, classic rock band logos and much more!
Stencils are placed inside your glass to make the painting process painless. One on one assistance with instructors is available to help you with the painting process if needed. The cost for this event is $18.
The brewery is now serving beer and bites including sandwiches and hot dogs. All participants enjoy buy one, get one half-off during the event.
25. Dream Catcher Workshop at Gypsea Soul
Saturday, October 24th at 12 pm
Gypsea Soul: 615 15th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
This 2-3 hour workshop is appropriate for all age levels. You’ll learn all about what a dream catcher is and their history — and then make your own!
Dreamcatcher materials like yarn, beads, crystals, lace, feathers, and various other supplies and materials will be provided. When you’re done, you’ll have a super high-quality product that you can be proud to display in your home.
Learn more about this workshop and sign up here!
There you have it! Twenty-five ways to get out of the house and have some safe, socially-distant fun!
Want to find even more great things to do in Bradenton? Take a look at Discover Bradenton’s Event Calendar! We’re always adding new and interesting events, so bookmark it and check back often!